New Panasonic Toughpads ruggedize Android and Windows 10 Mobile
Panasonic, the creators of the cameraphone (emphasis on camera), has just launched the Toughpad in both Windows 10 Mobile (FZ-F1) and Android 5.1.1 (FZ-N1) flavors. The company’s very used to making its Toughpad devices — we last covered two of them in 2013.
Both phones come running an advanced version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset at 2.3GHz. That engine powers a 4.7-inch 720p screen and is assisted by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
What really matters on these devices are the angled rear barcode reader, a glove-usable, sunlight-visible display and a rain sensor mode that makes sure instruments stay working, even in IP65 and IP67 conditions (water immersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes). Speaking of endurance, both phones have been tested for drops at 1.85 meters and 2,000 consecutive tumbles from 1 meter. The battery on-board each device — rated at 3,200mAh — is said to get users through more than a work day while an optional 6,200mAh extension pack should increase that span to two days. Both Toughpads are dual-SIM compatible and front-facing speakers capable of blasting up to 100dB of stereo sound. Other accessories — including passive and active styli — will come along for sale.
The Toughpad on Android will be on sale in a Wi-Fi only configuration next month at around $1,499. A cell-enabled version should come around summertime. The Windows products will come online in the fall for about $1,599.
Panasonic is directly selling the Toughpads — products it is insisting on characterizing as tablets. For the bulk and buff they look to provide, we’ll take the company at its word.